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    Ekmek Kadaifi (Pastry Topped With Custard and Whipped Cream)

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    1 hr 5 mins

    25 mins

    40 mins

    evelyn/athens's Note:

    Every calorie in this sinfully-rich dessert is so worth it! Shredded wheat pastry with syrup, topped with an eggy custard and topped yet again with freshly-whipped sweet cream and strewn with slivered, toasted almonds...divine!

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    • 1 lb frozen kadaifi (shredded wheat pastry, available in the freezer section of most good supermarkets, next to the phyll)
    • 6 ounces butter, melted
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 1 1/2 cups water
    • 1/2 lemons, juice of or 1 cinnamon stick, in place of the citrus
    • 1/2 fresh lemon rind
    • 3 orange slices, with rind



    • 12 ounces whipped cream
    • slivered toasted almonds or pistachios


    1. 1
      Crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees; pull apart the 'threads' of the kadaifi into a 13x9-inch glass baking dish, packing down lightly with fingertips; drizzle with butter and bake 40 minutes or until golden brown; remove from oven and cool.
    2. 2
      In small pot, combine remaining crust ingredients; bring to a boil and simmer 5 minutes; remove citrus rinds (if you don't want citrus, boil syrup with a cinnamon stick and remove); spoon syrup over kadaifi and cool.
    3. 3
      Custard: Combine flour, cornstarch, and sugar in small bowl; add cold milk and whisk to remove any lumps; whisk in egg yolks; strain mixture through sieve into hot milk.
    4. 4
      Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until it thickens; add vanilla and place plastic wrap directly on surface to prevent skin from forming; cool for 1 1/2 hours.
    5. 5
      Spread custard evenly over kadaifi crust; refrigerate 1 1/2 to 2 hours minimum; then top with layer of whipped cream and decorate with slivered, toasted almonds or pistachios.
    6. 6
      Chill well before serving.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 22, 2010


      I love Ekmek. I ate it for the very first time up in Kenora Ontario at the Plaza Restaurant. I asked the proprietor about it and he told me the name and this is the first time I've seen a recipe for it. This is truly a delicious dessert. Thanks for posting.

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    • on December 30, 2007


      I made this for the first time for Thanksgiving and it was a huge hit! The only thing with this recipe was that Step #3, doesn't list how much flour to use. I guessed and did about 2TBSP, and it was delicious. Amazing, delicious, 100% perfect.

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    • on July 08, 2006


      I love ekmek kadaifi!!! I think that its one of my most loving desserts, especially during summer. I didn't make any changes, it was perfect. The only thing that I didn't already knew its was the orange slices in the syrop. Great!!! Thanks!!!

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    Nutritional Facts for Ekmek Kadaifi (Pastry Topped With Custard and Whipped Cream)

    Serving Size: 1 (146 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 15

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 287.7
    Calories from Fat 123
    Total Fat 13.7 g
    Saturated Fat 8.3 g
    Cholesterol 87.4 mg
    Sodium 106.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 39.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
    Sugars 34.0 g
    Protein 3.1 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:


    fresh lemon rind

    orange slices

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